GDC 2018: Celeste IGF Audience Award Interview with Matt Thorson

The head honcho at Matt Makes Games stopped to chat with Shacknews at the 2018 GDCAs.


Celeste has taken the world by storm in 2018. The dash-based old school platformer is a fresh take on the genre. Matt Makes Games took home the IGF Audience Award at the GDCAs last week, and we caught up with Celeste's lead developer Matt Thorson to chat about the game. Matt let us know some of the influences for the story as well as the gameplay and also let everyone know that they should do it for Shacknews. Please take a look at the video interview for more.

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Check out our full review of Celeste and go to the official Matt Makes Games website for more information about their excellent games.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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